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Will of Philip Gorman
In the name of God Amen. I Philip Gorman feeling very ill in bodily health though of sound mind am disposed to have my temporal affairs arranged in the manner hereinafter stated, I also appoint my executors to see my intentions carried out to the strict letter the Revd William Fripps and John O’Neill both of this place, I wish first to have all my lawful debts paid from the amount left to pay one hundred pounds currency to the Revd William Fripps to be used as understood for religious purposes the premises is to be taken by my brother Thomas Gorman; all the household furniture to be left to my beloved wife Ellen and one third of all that I am worth, the other two thirds to be left to my beloved child Mary Adelaide, when realised and to be improved for her use and in case of her death before her arriving at age, her share to be left for religious uses and to be passed to the church. Signed in presence of us the 21st day of February 1857 at Burin in the Island of Newfoundland. Philip his X mark Gorman. having been first read over and explained by us, Willm Hookey, Michael Gorman.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.
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